Portrait if Dale Lemke

Dale Lemke, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Christian Ministries
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries
Program Director for Master of Divinity
Program Director for Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Biola University, Ph.D., Educational Studies
Alliance Theological Seminary, M.Div., Missions
University of Massachusetts Boston, M. A., Applied Linguistics
Grace University, B. A., Pastoral Ministry and Bible

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N4141
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Dr. Lemke was Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Crown College, taught English as a second language at Ball State University, and was also an Adjunct Instructor at Nyack College. He has done missionary work in Japan through The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Dale is married to his beautiful wife, Heidi, who happens to be a Northwestern alum. They adopted their two girls, Mia and Selah, while living in Japan. Since returning to the States, they have added two cats to the family.

Dale’s hobbies include reading, watching movies, cooking, gardening and lawn work, traveling, playing card games, and hanging out with his wife and girls.

Ministry Background

Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership, Crown College
ESL Instructor, Ball State University
Missionary to Japan, The Christian and Missionary Alliance
Adjunct Instructor, Nyack College
Young Adult Ministries, Allegheny Center Alliance Church

Professional Interests and Contributions

Theology of Work and Vocation
Disciple-centered Leadership for Ministry Multiplication
Multiculturalism, Globalization, and the Social and Cultural Foundations of Ministry
Diversity in Ministry and Leadership Teams
Bivocational Ministry
Grant Writing and Administration

Memberships and Qualifications

The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Ordained Minister
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Professors in Christian Education, Member
American Society of Missiology

Life Verse

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:5)


Miller, J. A. & Lemke, D. L. (2022). Hardships, growth, and hope: The experience of black pastoral leaders during a season of social unrest and COVID-19 quarantine. Journal of Religious Leadership, 21(1), 51-82.

Lemke, D. L. & Short, S. (2021). Technology and ministry during a time of pandemic: An annotated bibliography. Christian Education Journal, 18(3), 519-522.

Short, S. & Lemke, D. L. (2021). Technology and ministry during a time of pandemic. Christian Education Journal, 18(3), 441-443.

Lemke, D. L. (2021). Perceptions of career agency and career calling in mid-career: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Career Assessment, 29(2), 239-262.

Lemke, D. L. (2020). Vocation and lifelong spiritual formation: A Christian integrative perspective on calling in mid-career. Christian Education Journal, 17(2), 301-324.

Lemke, D. L. (2020). Perceptions of agency, career calling, and divine calling among US mid-career evangelical Protestant missionaries (Publication No. 27832642) [Doctoral dissertation, Biola University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Lemke, D. L. (2017). A philosophy of disciple-centered leadership. Christian Education Journal, 14(2), 270-284.

Lemke, D. L. (2017). Review of More: Find your personal calling and live life to the fullest by Todd Wilson. Christian Education Journal.

Lemke, D. L. (2015). Review of Creating strategic partnerships: A guide for educational institutions and their partners by Pamela L. Eddy and Marilyn J. Amey. Christian Education Journal.

Grant Projects

NetVUE Professional Development Grant, Co-principal Investigator, University of Northwestern St. Paul
Kern Family Foundation, Co-principal Investigator, Crown College
Sheikh Zayed University (Afghanistan)/ Ball State University Cooperative Agreement,, ESL Consultant, Ball State University
Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq / Ball State University Cooperative Agreement, ESL Consultant, Ball State University

Portrait if Dale Lemke
If the students leave here as whole people, who can relate in a healthy way to God, to other people around them, then they'll be able to make a huge impact in this world.
Dale Lemke
Department Chair of Christian Ministries
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries
Program Director for Master of Divinity
Program Director for Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Music & Theatre

AOM Instructors

Academy of Music